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    • Monday, April 30, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 02, 2018
    • Holiday Inn, Toronto, Ontario

    Presented by the International Institute for Restorative Practices

    This year we are very excited to be hosting our Spring 2018 conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This conference will have a keen focus on fostering restorative cultures in communities, organizations and systems.  

    Restorative practices and restorative justice have made great strides in the last 20 years. It is now time to turn our attention to facilitating the necessary changes in society that we want to see. Join scholars and practitioners from Canada and around the world to share knowledge and explore new and exciting ways to sustain restorative cultures in a variety of settings.

    The program will include an opening and closing plenary session and a variety of 50-minute and 100-minute breakout sessions throughout the three days of the conference. The featured panels will help us dig deeper in to the theme of “Leading and Sustaining Change” when applied to schools, criminal and youth justice, Indigenous communities and workplaces. More than 80 inspiring breakout sessions will provide attendees with in-depth sharing of experience, learning and an exchange of ideas.


    The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, located at 970 Dixon Rd., Etobicoke, ON M9W 1J9, Canada(not the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East at 600 Dixon Rd).


    April 30, 2018 to May 2, 2018

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    • Wednesday, May 02, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ralph King Athletic Centre, Concordia University of Edmonton campus, Corner of 73rd Street and 112 Avenue, Edmonton
    • 28

    An ADRIA Event

    A general look at how practitioners ensure that ethics govern our work and how clients can be informed of these ethics for the purposes of transparency and accountability.

    This session will be facilitated by Anita Veldhuisen Slomp


    Ralph King Athletic Centre
    Concordia University of Edmonton campus
    Corner of 73rd Street and 112 Avenue
    Edmonton AB T5B 4E4


    Online by request (contact Jocelyn for details)

    Please register even if you plan to join us online so we can gauge the number of those attending. 

    • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ralph King Athletic Centre, Concordia University of Edmonton campus, Corner of 73rd Street and 112 Avenue, Edmonton
    • 29

    An ADRIA Event

    We sometimes need to terminate mediations for a variety of reasons.

    We will be discussing scenarios that may come up and how to terminate a mediation.  

    As always the second half of the session will be an opportunity to practice mediation and communications skills. 

    Tammy Borowiecki will be facilitating this session.


    Ralph King Athletic Centre
    Concordia University of Edmonton campus
    Corner of 73rd Street and 112 Avenue
    Edmonton AB T5B 4E4


    Online by request (contact Jocelyn for details)

    Please register even if you plan to join us online so we can gauge the number of those attending. 

    • Monday, June 11, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    • 5:15 PM
    • Vancouver, BC
    • 133
    Presented by ADRBC

    Network, learn, and be on the cutting edge of ADR! The 2018 Symposium will bring together a progressive, dynamic group of professionals including arbitrators, mediators, lawyers, in-house counsels, HR professionals, corporate and other users of ADR services. The eclectic line-up of speakers presenting at the 2018 ADRBC Symposium will explore a wide variety of topics related to the challenges, opportunities, new developments and the rapidly expanding role of ADR in the 21st century

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    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    • Friday, September 07, 2018
    • Kahanoff Centre, Calgary, AB

    Presented by AfMS:

    A Training in the Arbitration of Comprehensive Family Matters/Parenting Coordination on Separation, Divorce and Related Situations
    A five (5) day intensive contextual skills-based training program in the process, practice and role of the arbitrator, experts, others in arbitration

    June 12, 13, 14 and September 6 & 7, 2018

    Space is limited to 30. Register early to reserve your spot. 

    PRE-REQUISITE: A 40 hour comprehensive Separation & Divorce Family Mediation Training or equivalency. 


    On the continuum of dispute resolution systems, arbitration is a less formal process for the resolution of comprehensive family matters in separation and divorce than is court-based litigation with its more formal structure and rules. Arbitration offers flexibility for parties in the process, especially because of the opportunity for mediation within arbitration, to resolve such subject topics as:

    • parenting/custody/contact/access
    • child/spousal support
    • property.

    Family matters arbitration (“FMArb”) is linked to private Parenting Coordination as a topic-specific arbitration and court-ordered post-proceedings/order/s Parenting Coordination with a decision-making function (“PCArb”).  
    This training will clarify the role of arbitration in the primary dispute resolution system; party choice; jurisdiction; developing context, structure, implementation, procedure and rules for arbitration; pros, cons and pitfalls of arbitration; the role and responsibility of the arbitrator in arbitration and in relation to the arbitrator’s ordinary practice; the role of the court, lawyers, experts, child specialists, parties, and others involved in the arbitration; the involvement of child/ren; ethics in arbitration and in relation to the arbitrator’s ordinary professional role; and who should arbitrate in content-specific disputes.
    The core content for the FMArb/PCArb Training will include a thorough review of Alberta’s Arbitration Act (AAAct), its process provisions and related case-law and other legislative and case contexts, and the role of the Arbitrator within the AAAct. This will incorporate, within the process for arbitration and role of the arbitrator, the aspects of: role of the court; roles of the arbitrator as arbitrator and mediator, parties, lawyers, arbitrator's expert, other appointed experts, child consultants/specialists, and other involved persons; the inclusion of child/ren; overall ethics, ethical considerations, and ethical conduct in arbitration process and role; arbitration preliminary steps to the arbitration hearing, such as initial contact, retainer, drafting the arbitration agreement including informed consents to arbitration, intake, screening for domestic violence/IPV, signing the Arbitration Agreement with its informed consent, and thorough pre-arbitration preliminaries such as timing, setting the arbitration hearing dates and other-like related matters; through to the arbitration hearing including: managing content, evidentiary matters and rulings, and other related matters; to the conclusion of the arbitration hearing; the drafting of and releasing  the Final Award; the conclusion of the arbitrator’s role; the foundation for appeals; and the application and re-casting of arbitration process and role of the PCArb within PCArb with preliminaries such as contact with lawyers, drafting a PCArb Court Order PCArb Agreement other related contexts.


    The Honourable Nancy A. Flatters QC, LL.M. (specialisation: ADR), Retired Judge (Provincial Court of Alberta Bench: sitting in Calgary Family and Youth Court ("Court") and with some 35 years of hands-on-experience as a Mediator/ADR Practitioner and Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR)/Judicial Settlement Conferencing ("JSC") Judge (the latter starting in 1998 when she piloted the Court’s JDR/JSC Project in Family and Child Welfare Matters and continued to her retirement within this as a Program of the Court). In 1985 she began her teaching and training practice, delivering programs locally, provincially, nationally and internationally, in diverse areas of Mediation, ADR, Court Reform, Access to Justice, Judicial Settlement Skills, Mentoring, Domestic Violence, Child Advocacy, amongst others, all of which continued during her judicial years.
    On retirement, she has a practice as a brief, directive, impartial, evaluative mediator and arbitrator particularly for low, medium, high conflict parents/parties and continues with her international teaching and training practice not only in the areas set out above, and continuing in Policing, Human Rights, Youth Dispute Resolution, Restorative Justice Practices, Collaborative Practices and adding in other areas such as Family Arbitration, Early Brain and Biological Development in Children 0-5 years, Recovery from Addictions, amongst others. She continues to add to her already long years of local, provincial, national and international volunteer work, including service on Boards, related to areas of Mediation, ADR, Judicial/Court Reform/Human Trafficking, and Children. More specifically just now to Calgary, she is the lead volunteer mediator/arbitrator for the Child in Mind Pilot Project, an avid Calgary Wee Reads volunteer, Mentor, and member of the Family Justice Reform Project.   
    Dr. Larry Fong, R.Psych, Mediator and Arbitrator for Family inclusive as well as non-family matters and with some 40 years of hands-on-experience as a mediator. Since 1992, as an Arbitrator conducting hearings in family matters, including parenting, support and property issues and as a CAMVAP Arbitrator where he arbitrates in car manufacturing disputes.
    As a registered psychologist, he conducts forensic assessments for courts, mainly in the parenting area and since 1982, has been a court appointed expert witness in three different Canadian Provinces. He is also an international trainer, including in some 15 countries, with training mediation and other training programs in family, business, custody assessment and evaluation, and amongst other areas. He has lectured to the judiciary from the Provincial Court to Supreme Court of Canada.
    He writes and publishes about mediation. His earlier career as a teacher and Child Welfare Supervisor/Mediator enhance his already extensive experience in mediation.  He currently is on the Executive Committee of AFCC in the United States.

    This skilled team bring their considerable and combined years of experience to this AFMS training. 

    More Information & Registration

    • Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    • Saturday, October 06, 2018
    • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Presented by The Association for Conflict Resolution 

    “ACR, Next Gen” reflects the vision of leading conflict engagement by honoring the past and influencing the future.

    The Call for Proposals closes on February 1, 2018 at 11:00 PM (EST).  Proposals submitted after that date and/or in a format other than the Survey Monkey format may not be accepted.  Only completed submissions will be eligible for consideration. This means each asterisked question should be answered completely.   Notification of acceptance or rejection of a proposal will be given no later than April 30, 2018.

    For questions regarding this Call for Proposals, contact the ACR Office at or call 202.780.5999.

    We are looking forward to reviewing your proposals,
    ACR 2018 Program Committee

    Call for Proposals Now Open

    • Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    • Friday, November 23, 2018
    • Montreal, Quebec

    Presented by ADR Canada

    The dates for the ADRIC 2018 AGM and Annual National Conference have been set!

    Saves the dates November 21-23 and plan to attend in Montreal!

    Conference Flyer

    Conference Sponsorship Opportunities - first come first served!

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